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eFX Picks Up Star Trek Replicas License Starting w/ Mark IX Tricorder – Exclusive Details On Future Plans September 23, 2009

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Replicas,Trek Franchise,Trek on TV , trackback

This week it was announced that CBS had granted a license for Star Trek replicas to eFX Collectibles, who also announced their first product will be a Mark IX TNG era Tricorder. TrekMovie spoke exclusively to eFX President Bryan Ono to get more details on that Tricorder and to find out what they have planned next.


eFX takes on Trek
eFX is a new Los Angeles-based company that was founded in 2007, however the team are not new to the business of replicas. Bryan Ono explains that he worked for Master Replicas since they its inception in 2001. As the Strategic Business Leader at MR, Ono oversaw both the Star Wars and Star Trek lines for much of this decade. In 2007 when Master Replicas lost the Star Wars license, Ono left with some others from MR to form eFX, which picked up the Star Wars license and has since been making Stormtrooper helmets, light sabers and more from that galaxy far, far away. Since then, they have also picked up the license for Disney and original series Battlestar Galactica.

eFX Star Wars X-Wing & Stormtrooper helmet

And now that Master Replicas no longer has the Star Trek license, eFX has picked that up as well. The eFX license covers all prop and vehicle replicas for all versions of Star Trek up to the new JJ Abrams Star Trek movie (as we have reported before, the movie license is with Quantum Mechanix).

First thing for eFX – Finishing the Mark IX
The final Star Trek product from Master Replicas was Mark IX TNG movie era Tricorder. TrekMovie had an early review of that item last November and Master Replicas shipped a few out in early 2009, before the company ceased operations, never fulfilling all their back-orders. Ono actually worked on the project before leaving Master Replicas, but felt that the final version "still need tweaking." He decided to make this their first product to "get it right" and to "make sure all those who wanted one can get it." Ono says there are a number of improvements with the eFX version, including matching the color better and making the lights more diffused so the LEDs are not so obvious.

eFX Mark IX Tricorder

Another big difference is that each Tricorder will come with a plaque signed by the Commander Data himself, Brent Spiner. Another piece of good news is that the price $349, which is lower than the final MR price of $399. The tricorder will come with a stand, however eFX will charge around $29 for an acrylic cover if you want to add that. eFX will start taking pre-orders on September 29th with orders being delivered in late October or Early November. Ono says that one of the goals of his company is to "make collectibles collectible again" and so they are committed to doing no more than 1,000 pieces in a limited run. They will be requiring a deposit of around $75, but there is a money back guarantee. You will be able to order from eFXcollectibles.com as well as Brians Toys, and Toynk.com and other retailers.

Next up – Ships and more props for 2010
But finishing where Master Replicas left of is only the beginning for eFX. According to Ono, he wants to do one new replica each quarter, meaning he is hoping to get four out in 2010. They are currently in development on designs for a number of props and ships including a Wrath of Khan phaser, a TOS era Phaser, and a large scale (28") Klingon Vor’cha Battlecruiser from DS9. Ono notes that these plans are not final and they haven’t got sign offs yet from CBS.  No pricing as of yet, but Ono says he hopes to keep the items affordable, and they will also have a payment plan.

According to Ono, eFX works closely with many of the original designers for the ships and props, such as John Eaves, and have access to original source material as well as all the sound files. The goal in the short term is to develop items that were not done by Master Replicas, but they will also do some that MR did if they feel improvements can be made (such as the case of the TOS era phaser).

Klingon Battlecruiser & TWOK Phaser – two items high eFX’s replica to-do list

In addition to the studio scale ship replicas, eFX will also be working on smaller ‘Precision Cast’ replicas of around 10-12", which will be more affordable. Ono says they hope to have two of these smaller ships out in 2010, with the first being the original TOS Enterprise (NCC-1701). They will then move on to other ships in the series, Ono noting "we want to do all the Enterprises, eventually." These will probably coast around $250 and include lights, but no sounds.

More eFX coverage to come at TrekMovie
As eFX finalize plans, TrekMovie will bring more details. We will also be doing a review of the upcoming Mark IX Tricorder.




1. MvRojo - September 23, 2009

Nice, but unfortunately $350 is not really “affordable” to me.

2. Rick Moyer - September 23, 2009

That is so sweet looking. A tad bit spendy.

3. Jake Parsons - September 23, 2009

Looking at how lackluster eFX’s Star Wars releases have been, I’m not excited about the new Star Trek partnership. So far, it doesn’t seem like they’ve developed a single original item that wasn’t already designed at Master Replicas (with exception to the Ahsoka saber – but how hard is it to take 3D rendering files and produce physical items). Not only that, their X-Wing’s are said to be defective and inaccurate, look at the forum at rebelscum.com and the RPF. Now, they’re debut product for Star Trek is something that’s already been released, the Tricorder. ::cough:: Stormtrooper helmet repeat ::cough:: – how about growing a pair and releasing something new?

It doesn’t seem like they can get their grasp fully on the Star Wars license, let along 3 (Disney was just added). Here’s a company that claims to be different from Master Replicas, yet they’re ending up with all the same licenses and doing nothing but defending their actions and trying very hard to set themselves apart. Still looks like the same company, with all the signs of the same problems. Maybe they can design a ship that doesn’t have sticky nacelles and a crappy paint job this time, after all – they were made by the “same” people, whether or not they claim to be apart.

They still have a lot to prove, but I doubt they’ll be coming out with anything truly mind-blowing any time soon. Keep an eye on QMX, their ideas for production seem almost revolutionary in comparison to what’s already been done in this business.

4. EnterpriseSucks - September 24, 2009

RE: Plastic Tricorder with LED lights

This would’ve been nice when I was 13 or so, back in the 1990s.

Now I’m a grownup. I’ve gone through 4 iPhones already.. this stuff no longer excites me. Zzz

5. Disillusioned Star Trek Man - September 24, 2009

Yeah, I agree with #4. When will we get a communicator style mobile phone? Why do some cool and innovative things with the Star Trek license rather than plastic toys.

Oh yeah, while I’m at it, why are Star Trek toys such pap, especially when compared to the Star Wars toys?

6. Syd Hughes - September 24, 2009

#5: Cuz people buy ’em anyway.

You know, I’m almost lazy enough to pay $250 for a nice NX-01. It can live with my ERTL 1701 I glued together when I was 10.

7. DJT - September 24, 2009

For that amount of money, I want a tricorder that actually works!

8. Disillusioned Star Trek Man - September 24, 2009


yeah, but they could put in something simple like a barometer, or a clock. A little LED screen……anything! It is too much money for a peice of moulded plastic goddamit.

Lego Star Trek, that would be cool.

9. Ralph F - September 24, 2009

#8 re/Lego Star Trek

I could be wrong but I think MegaBloks has the Trek license and just never did anything with it. I can recall seeing a MegaBloks 1701-D (with little Picard figure) for ages @ TRU.

Yup; confirmed:


10. Holger - September 24, 2009

This looks good, but sorry, I prefer affordable Art Asylum stuff.

11. The Rusted Robot - September 24, 2009

I have the Megabloks Ent D….still in the box 4 years later….that’s the only thing they ended up producing….maybe one day I’ll take it out and build it

12. TonyD - September 24, 2009

I own quite a few Master Replicas props from both Star Wars and Star Trek and my experiences with their products were uniformly positive. When they were on their game I found their products to be very well made and quite imaginative. The Art Asylum toys are nice (and I own a few myself) but there’s no comparing them to MR’s past releases.

If eFX can approach the quality of MR’s better replicas I’ll definitely pick up a some of their items; the TWOK phaser in particular would be a no brainer for me. I also wouldn’t mind seeing a replica of the TOS Klingon Ship or the K’Tinga from ST:TMP.

As to the prices listed, those are MSRP; I don’t think I ever paid list for an MR replica; a little digging around and I was always able to save a few bucks.

13. Eking - September 24, 2009

I’m still waiting for the D7 battle cruiser from TOS, I’ll buy that one. Everyone keeps skipping that over and remaking the same ships.

14. Capt. of the USS Anduril - September 24, 2009

I don’t think this is worth much. These people are people who left Master Replicas before it sank, and I’m not seeing much improvement. MR’s final replicas were lackluster at best, such as the “Build your own” FX lightsaber that consisted of plastic parts, a Yoda-sized blade, and generally was held together in about the same fashion as the hasbro toys.

Now, while what I saw of the MR Tricorder looked nice, the Assault Phaser was far more intriguing, and from what I understand, it was half-assed like nobody’s business. This doesn’t inspire confidence, no.

15. Duncan MacLeod - September 24, 2009

What ever happened to the Blue Tooth TOS Communicator for my phone?

16. Spockish - September 24, 2009

I like the ST:TMP Klingon Battle-cruiser It would fit in nice with the TNG Enterprise hanging above my desk at home with a DSN Space station in the corner of the room. Both were built by a friend who now builds models for NASA. My brother who works for Lockheed Martian doing electrical for the Orion Launcher (namely the command capsule) talked to him last month. He is a big Trekkie also and really liked the new movie, but NASA only wants him doing NASA stuff at work and at home.

If the Klingon D7 is at a good price I’ll by him one also, have a Klingon raiding the NASA stuff will look cool. It would be great if he could sneak the ship in the background of NASA photos.

My brother also said that NASA uses old cameras for preview pics and the hi-rez digital for final in house pictures. Guess the already digital pics are easy to merge into the papers they design for the printer guys to use to give the government.

17. Spockish - September 24, 2009

Wonder if they will blue tooth the TNG COM badges to hook to your cell phones.

Those COM badges look so much better to use than dragging out the ever smaller growing cell phones. One day the phone might get as small as the COM badges. But the power sources need to shrink also or every hour you’ll be swapping battery cells.

18. CaptainDonovin - September 24, 2009

Now if the tricorder actually worked (ability to scan things, etc.) then $350 would be worth it. I still have the playmates toy from ages ago that does the same thing this one does so I’ll pass.

19. Bryan - September 24, 2009

$350 is too expensive, I doubt everyone who wants one will be able to get one at that price. It’d be a nice collector piece, but i’m not paying $350 for a Tricorder to sit on my shelf.

20. star trackie - September 24, 2009

Seems to me, if they are intent on doing a large 28″ Klingon ship replica, it should be the TOS Klingon cruiser rather than the TNG ship. While the TNG design is cool, the classic TOS Klingon ship would clearly sell better. Not to mention it would be a great companion piece to the MR TOS Enterprise that many collectors already own. The decision to bypass the original design and go straight to the newer, less popular, design is a bit puzzling.

On a personal note, I hope they do the aluminum phasers from the new Trek movie. I’d be all over that!

21. Captain Dunsel - September 24, 2009

For me, (while I never got one), the biggest ommission with the MR Mark IX Tricorder was functionality. The clicking sound was nice as well as the lights and sound, but it seemed to me to be the ONLY MR replica that you couldn’t interact with on some level (that wasn’t a ship). Every other replica from phasers to communicators to tricorders had some sort of button-like functionality which made it slightly more interactive and prop-like.

While the argument could be made that the props on the show only had the lights and absolutely NO interactivity, I think we’re all in agreement here that for what we’re expected to pay, we’d like to have more than a hunk a plastic with light and sound (which generally, DST issues for much less money somewhere down the line).

22. I'm dead Jim - September 24, 2009

@19 – I have to agree. I’m a big TNG fan but the original Klingon battlecruiser design is a CLASSIC and should come before the 24th century version. I would actually prefer the detailed TMP version which has to be one of my favorite ship designs.

I look forward to the smaller ship verisons. I’m less interested in dishing out that much money for props, even if they are well done.

23. THX-1138 - September 24, 2009

I am curious about the “Precision Cast” replicas” that were mentioned. It would be interesting to see how much of the lighting effects from the TOS Enterprise make it to a smaller version that would cost nearly $1,000 less. I have always thought there would be a market for something that was between the MR $1,200 ship and AA/DST’s $40 job. And I like AA/DST’s ships. For what they cost, they are pretty decent. But they just don’t compare to the high end replicas.

24. VZX - September 24, 2009

I would love a tricorder that is merged with an I-touch kind of thing so it can record and display video, pics, audio, MP3, etc. It would also be cool to have some actual instruments like barometers, thermmometer, etc.

I have seen some homemade versions like these, and I know one was released like 15 years ago that had some actual sensors on it, but IDK.

25. T2 - September 24, 2009

Nice to hear. MR was such a let down with this. It was such a headache, now finally a good chance at a quality replica. Can’t wait to pre-order!

26. Jim Cude - September 24, 2009

The funny thing is an iPhone or most other modern smartphones now look more high-tech than this…

27. British Naval Dude - September 24, 2009

That new Mark IX tri-corder best work better than tha’ last one I had!

I wuz’ workin’ in a nuclear sub at tha’ time and relied on me previous tri-corder ta’ show me ra-diation levels as I scrubbed oot’ tha’ reactor room… Bloody thing kept sayin’ like “All readings are normal.” and “Mego Rules.”

It wuz’ a liar! Readin’s were oof tha’ charrrrts! And Mego stinks!
Grew me a third arm becuz’ o’ unwanted atomic exposure… and not a big, full one either…


28. DavidJ - September 24, 2009


Ha ha, agreed. This now looks about as old and clunky as the TOS tricorder. All those flashing LEDs used to be cool and kind of magical; now they look like the meaningless lights they really are.

It doesn’t even come CLOSE to the awesome interactive touchscreen today’s devices have.

29. Bok - September 24, 2009

Why can’t they do an 18″ gold-colored desktop model of the Stargazer?

30. jocor - September 24, 2009

I’m pretty sure the models used in television only cost about $20.

31. Michael - September 24, 2009

I had no idea Master Replicas went belly up?!
I own the TOS Klingon Disruptor, Enterprise, Comm./Phaser/Tric.
My Phaser pistol has begun to get flakey on it’s trigger enaging sound/lighted tip. Maybe a battery issue, but phaser II unit works fine.
Why the later TNG/DS9 Klingon ship, and not the battlecruiser or BOP?
The TNG Tricorder 350.00+ the added cost of the acrylic case? WTF?
I know to steer clear of this company!

32. The Original Spock's Brain - September 24, 2009

The TOS tricorder is stil da bomb! A beauty.

33. captain_neill - September 24, 2009

I wish I could afford the Mark IX Tricorder, I am a big fan of the TNG era Tricorders

34. Hosetlh - September 24, 2009

I’d really like to see a Bluetooth TOS Communicator. Partner that with my bluetooth phone and I’d be styln’ Trek!

35. CarlG - September 24, 2009

These replicas are nice, but I prefer the models I can put together myself.

They’re not 100% perfect, but they feel more like they’re mine when they’re done, if that makes any sense. :)

36. Mark - September 24, 2009

Since when does affordable require a payment plan?

37. T'Cal - September 24, 2009

Yes, I too don’t understand why a cell phone that looks like TOS communicator is still unavailable. The moire could be animated on the display screen and like some of the new Blackberry phones, it could have a slide out qwerty keyboard from behind. This is hardly 23rd century technology.

38. Losira - September 24, 2009

I must agree with the cobcept of workable props. Ex. A cell ph. That looks like commnicter. A tricorder as a coice recorder. If they are going tocharge an arm & leg make it funtional

39. Captain Crunch - September 24, 2009

I have emailing with Mr Ono and he stated the Tricorder will be made out of die cast no news if it comes with different sounds. I have one of the MR Tricorders talk about heavy. If you want a true Tricorder try Roddenberry.com. Now that’s pricy $800 for a science tricorder and $1000 for a medical so this isn’t so bad..

40. jdp13 - September 25, 2009

What I really want is a studdio scale TMP Enterprise. I hope these guys are the ones that can deliver it.

I have the MR Enterprise from the latest production which I like, but the refit Enterprise has always been the one I’m really after. We’ll have to wait and see.

TMP Klingon Cruiser would be nice too.

41. OOP - September 25, 2009

Oh that tricorder sucks !

i found this one youtube last week and it’s the best dam thing i’ve seen for a Playmates tricorder upgrade yet !


Check out all his Tricorder videos & HELP me figure out what mp4 device he’s useing !


42. THX-1138 - September 25, 2009


O freaking hell yes!! I am buying one of these now! To heck with all those other tricorders. This one looks like it ROCKS!!

43. The Angry Klingon (without a trenchcoat) - September 25, 2009

So much disinformation from the uninformed…just to cover a few ‘misconceptions’ stated here by posters.
1. The tricorder was never fully released by MR. VERY few made it out. EFX is doing this run because a lot of people were really looking forward to it and MR dropped the ball. I for one am glad to see EFX doing this for those that lost out on MRs inability to deliver.
2. Its not plastic. The tricorder is metal (for good or bad) and incorporates several improvements over the MR release.
3. Price. Wow. $350. Head over to Rodenberry.com and fork out a grand for a prebuilt tricorder with less features.
4. The Assault Phaser. Probably one of the MOST accurate releases ever done but shot down by ignorant people who complained about features such as the ‘dusty finish’ which WAS on the originals ( I know as I owned one).
And back to price. Im so tired of people whining and downing things because they cant afford them. Thats called sour grapes. Id love to own a sports car but I drive a Mazda Protege because I cant afford a 50K sports car. Do I go around grumbling about how sports cars suck because I cant afford them? No. Thats why these are COLLECTIBLES and not TOYS and YES a payment plan DOES make something afforadble to a lot of people. Some of you folks dumbfound me. EFX is offering a collectible that a LOT of people wanted but got screwed out of by MR for $50 cheaper WITH Brent Spiners autograph and an improved FX package and you still bitch and moan. Tell you what…Toys R Us is still open so why dont you hop on your bicycles and head on over there…..

44. British Naval Dude - September 25, 2009

Me third arm fell oof…

That bleedin’ tri-corder didda not warn me!!!

Why tha’ frangy hell be it called a “tri-corder?” Cute 60’s name?


45. CarlG - September 25, 2009

@44: Because “recorder” is a flute, and “bi-corder” would just give people naughty ideas…

46. British Naval Dude - September 26, 2009

Oh… I see…


47. Andy Patterson - September 26, 2009


Agreed. I love it.

And while we’re on the subject of making props I’ll roll out my stock question on this topic….where’s that servo prop?

48. British Naval Dude - September 26, 2009

I got a servo prop….


49. The Angry Klingon (without a trenchcoat) - September 29, 2009

Just ordered my tricorder. First 250 to order get a free tricorder holster to go with it. They still havent hit the 250 mark as of moments ago because the website is all sorts of wonky so I called and ordered by phone.

50. bersus - September 29, 2009

Well… I got mine!


Here is a link to a video of the Tricorder, it doesnt seem to play on the eFX website.

51. Blarkon - September 29, 2009

As awesome as the Tricorder pre-order is, did anyone else notice that the page where you put in your credit card details is *NOT* protected by an SSL certificate?

So YAY for wanting to get what looks like a great product – but WTF on transmitting my credit card details across the Internet in cleartext.

52. ncx1701e - September 29, 2009

ODD- My post this morning got deleted.

I have been trying to pre-order the tricorder all morning from efxcollectables.com but I am unable to find it. The homepage trys to load something, but I just do not see it.
I though that maybe it may be my version of Flash, but I try two different PCs and 3 different browsers.

Can someone post the link to the order page for the tricorder please !!!

53. ncx1701e - September 29, 2009

okay i figured it out.
Someone has to fix their DNS settings.

efxcollectibles.com goes to the new site.

http://www.efxcollectibles goes to the old site.

Okay that that was the problem.
I preorder by two.

54. Vinman - November 12, 2009

I agree with you 43, this is a collectable, and not one of 50,000 sold to kids over the age of 9 from DST. I love DST, and own a crap load of thier things, and I am satisfied with them; due to the lack of money to buy better, but that is what you do in life, if you can afford the best (EFX) you buy the best, but if your budget is of lower means, then you settle for a cheaper knock off of the better item. I have pre-ordered the Tricorder, and for those who had the advance notice on this release; could have saved the 10 bucks a day until this shiped, and had that money. It may not function like peoples touch screen devices, but it is a collectable, meant to be admired, and treasured, and it’s function is no more then someone thinking the Enterprise model should be big enough to take you into space, because you spend some extra bucks on the studio replica, vs the DST version.
Comments on this page meant you came here with an intial interest in the Tricorder, only to knock it after you found out it is just little beyond your price range for a limited edition, signed copy, of something only 1000 people will have the privledge of owning.

55. Lovok - May 20, 2010

OK, I’ve been fishing around for what seems like for-EVER, trying to figure the whole Master Replicas ordeal & them going belly up. I’ve a MR TOS phaser, and something is up with the pistol unit’s trigger and/or rear power setting wheel. No lights, no sound. I’ve been all OVER the web, trying to find either someone who can fix it, someone who KNOWS someone who can fix it, or just internal diagrams so I can try to repair it myself.

Now I see in this article, the author makes a reference to “improvements” that could be made to TOS phaser. Was there a design flaw that made these things crap out after a while, even with moderate use?

I feel like I’ve got the greatest prop in the world, only it isn’t because it no longer functions. (:-(


56. ron rawlinson - November 17, 2011

Trek tricorder still available?

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